Volunteers help renovate homes for seniors

Volunteers help renovate homes for seniors

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PHOENIX -

It's not easy to keep up a home. Tuesday, some young volunteers lent a helping hand to some valley seniors, making their lives a little easier.

They turn up the tunes and get to work. They're not professional painters, but the home owners are impressed.

"I'm so grateful," says homeowner Robert Shiller.

The Shillers were picked for the home makeover.

"I painted this probably 10 years ago and what's discouraging is you can't do it when you get older."

The idea is to help seniors and disabled veterans stay in their homes. Rebuilding Together came up with the program, but they do more than paint the outside of homes.

"The whole program started, having a need in the valley of finding these homeowners that really were not able to stay in their homes safely," says Kate Warren of Rebuilding Together.

Volunteers go inside and installed grab bars in bathrooms and ramps to help seniors navigate their home.

"I think it's totally awesome, it's a wonderful organization and to think people would give the time like this.

It's wonderful," says Ruth Shiller.

There are other homes in neighborhood getting a makeover.

There are almost 300 volunteers were out there Tuesday, painting 18 mobile homes. Most of those painters are used to being behind a desk.

Kevin Knight is one of the volunteers. He works for American Express. His coworkers took the day off to help.

"It feels good, it's nice to see people appreciate things that you do for them," says Knight.

These seniors are very grateful. The nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together does this every year in a different neighborhood.

This year American Express sponsored the paint-a-thon.

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